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Q: fattening up a skinny kitten

May 7, 2009 | By Amber | 8 answers | Expired: 1923 days ago

Amber

the short version of the story: our neighbor's daughter brought a kitten home without permission & for the past week the adults had basically been ignoring / trying to get rid of it and the daughter had been "caring for" it. the adults really wanted it gone, so we are now fostering the kitten until he is big enough to be fixed and adopted out. sadly, this little fellow has mostly been fed rice with a little bit for shrimp for at least the past week. he's quite skinny, and though he seems to be feeling much better now that he is recieving proper care and food...well, i'd really like to be able to give him something besides plain ole kitten food to help him make up some of that weight he should have been gaining as he grew. i snagged a high calorie supplement at PetSmart, we've been giving him nice fatty ground beef, and someone else suggested mixing some kitten formula in with moist food for him. anyone else have any other suggestions?

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Jillian
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May 11, 2009

when i found one of my cats, he was incredibly malnourished and near death. it took me two months to get him healthy enough to have the energy to even play and for months after that it was tough to get the weight on. nutri-cal is a good source of calories and protein, i used that and gradually upped how much he was fed.
how young is this kitten? if he is under 6 weeks, be careful of how much you feed him. young kittens have a limited amount of digestive enzymes so when you continuously overfeed them, they run out and can't digest any thing. its better to feed them a normal amount, that increases w/age and to supplement extra calories w/something along the lines of nutri-cal.

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Linda  N.
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May 08, 2009

I agree with several of the answers already given. We had to hand feed one of my three cats a few years back. She was only 2 weeks old when someone heartlessly threw her and another kitten into the late autumn cold.I adopted her from my co-worker who found her barely alive in the mud puddle of a store parking lot. We gave her warmed kitten formula, then a bit later a sort of oatmeal mixture for kittens. This was mixed with the formula and thickened gradually until she could take solids. I would definately have him checked for worms. We also had to do this for Muffin, and she fattened right up. Oh, and it is possible that you may have to "potty train" him. Since Muffy wasn't raised by her mama, and our oldest cat Peaches hadn't fully taken to being a fill in mommy (which she did 1 week later, sans nursing) we had to teach her. Try to keep an eye on when it seems as if he may have to go potty, and put him in a litter box that isn't too high for him to climb in. Just after eating is a good time to put him in the litter also. Muffin was fully trained in just a day or 2. Good luck, and thank you for caring for the little guy...

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Gretchen S.
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May 08, 2009

I would go with a good quality kitten food with some kitten formula added. A vet visit is also a good idea in case the kitten has parasites.

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Chrissylake
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May 08, 2009

i agree with the cat formula. we used that on all our undernurished cats, and it's also very good for cats that have broken bones. also you do need to take the cat to the vet to rule out anything more serious.

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TPMini
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May 08, 2009

Take him to the vet. There is a 99.999% chance he has worms. Almost all kittens have them, and once those are treated he should fatten up naturally.

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Kate H.
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May 08, 2009

The first thing is to stop feeding him ground beef. The 2 answers above are right on the money. If he is a little older say 5-6 weeks, start giving him more can kitten food and less baby cereal. Kittens usually learn about eating and the litterbox from momma so be patient with him, and just keep loving on him. Keep us posted on how he's doing. Good Luck

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Midwestwoman
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May 07, 2009

Depends how old the kitten is....I would stick to the kitten milk replacement formulas and canned kitten food. Depending on his age, you can make a gruel like someone already suggested of kitten milk replacement mixed with kitten canned food. Warm it up to room temperature or slightly warmer and keep the kitten warm while he is eating. You can also purchase a probiotic supplement called Fortiflora that a vet tech friend recently recommended to me, that will restore his normal intestinal flora and improve his intestinal health. Make sure he always has fresh water available also.

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Paris4u
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May 07, 2009

depending on the age i have make a formula of whole milk, the yolk of an egg and baby rice cereal bt Gerber, but this is for much younger babies, it works great, i have fostered over 20 babies and even sick adult cats

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